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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Center Field

Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Center Field

Throughout the 2011 season, Pittsburgh Pirates fans saw something that hasn't been witnessed in Pittsburgh for a long time: a home grown player was making the jump in to "star" status.  Andrew McCutchen entered the 2011 season with just a year and a half under his professional belt.  His first two years were extremely consistent.  He hit for a .286 average each year.  He hit for a .365 OBP each year.  His power dropped off some in 2010, going from a .471 slugging percentage in 2009 to a .449 in 2010.

Considering that McCutchen was doing all of this at the ages of 22 and 23 spoke well about his future.  It gave the idea that McCutchen could improve on those numbers as he saw more at-bats, and as he got closer to his prime years.  In fact, this was what I wrote in last year's center field...

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